Veterinary Surgery Service

131 Hospital Drive N.E. Suite 2
Ft. Walton Beach, FL 32548


Laser Disc Ablation

Percutaneous Laser Disc Ablation (PLDA) is a procedure for preventing thoracolumbar intervertebral disc herniation in dogs. This procedure is ideal for chondrodystrophic (dwarf) breeds like Dachshunds, Beagles, Bassett Hounds, French Bulldogs, and other small breeds predisposed to disc herniations.

Which Pets Are Candidates for Laser Disc Ablation?

Laser disc ablation, which is performed to prevent IVDD, is not an option for pets who currently have IVDD and are experiencing paralysis or neurologic signs related to disc rupture. If your dog currently has IVDD-related pain, he or she may require medical management for several weeks, and must be pain- and medication-free for a minimum of two weeks before laser disc ablation can be performed.

How much does Laser Disc Ablation cost?

The all inclusive fee is $1,700.00

This includes:

  • Intake Physical Examination
  • Pre-Anesthetic Bloodwork: CBC, full chemistry panel, clotting profile when indicated
  • EKG
  • I.V. Catheter
  • I.V. Fluids
  • Pre-Anesthetic analgesia drugs
  • Anesthesia induction drugs tailored to the individual patient
  • Anesthesia Maintenance on isoflurane
  • Anesthesia monitoring by: EKG, CO2 end tidal, O2 saturation, Blood pressure, body temperature
  • Laser Disc Ablation
  • Post-surgical recovery monitoring
  • Hospitalization as required
  • Take home medications
  • Recheck appointments